Lukas Engelmeier

'Work it out!' course

Starting your career in Germany (for international students and refugee students)

This course consists of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Personal advice and support

Duration: 10 months
Certificate: Certificate as confirmation of acquired knowledge and skills

Participation is free of charge.

Start date: December 2020

Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at international students and refugee students.

It is designed to help you to prepare for a career in Germany. Knowledge of German is therefore a prerequisite for participation. However, there will also be opportunities to communicate in English during the course.

The deadline for applications was 22 November 2020.

Course content

During this course, you will:

  • explore your career prospects
  • identify and further develop your personal skills, interests and strengths
  • earn about the labour market in Lower Saxony and Germany
  • develop the necessary skills to write a successful letter of motivation and to perform well during job interviews in Germany
  • obtain information about and learn how to deal with legal issues, cultural specificities and the difficulties of the labour market and of forging a career in Germany

You will also receive personal advice and support throughout the duration of the course.

Objectives and benefits

  • By the end of this course, you will be more aware of your own strengths and interests and know how you can use them in your professional life.
  • You will create your own skills portfolio, which you will work on throughout the course.
  • You will be better prepared to enter the German job market.
  • You will learn and develop skills which will help you to find a suitable job and write a successful application.
  • You will learn how to be confident during interviews and selection procedures.
  • You will learn about the cultural and legal particularities of the German labour market.
  • You will explore and identify professions and jobs that you might be interested in.
  • You will receive personal advice and support on starting your career in Germany.
  • You will receive a certificate proving that you have gained experience and knowledge of the German labour market.

Conditions for participation

  • You must be a student at the University of Oldenburg and be in at least the third semester of a Bachelor’s degree programme or in any semester of a Master’s degree programme.
  • You must be an international student or a refugee student.
  • You must have sufficient knowledge of German: This course is designed to help you to prepare for a career in Germany. Knowledge of German is therefore a prerequisite for participation. However, there will also be opportunities to communicate in English during the course.
  • You will also need a stable internet connection, since the start of the course will primarily take place online due to COVID-19.
  • You must also be willing and interested; you will need to commit to participating in this course from December 2020 to October 2021 (approx. 9-10 sessions).

The course

December 2020

4 December 2020, 2.15 - 4.15 pm (online): The ‘Work it out’ kick-off session

18 December 2020, 12 am - 1.45 pm (online): Facts and useful information about entering the world of work

Once you have graduated, what arrangements do you need to make for your continued stay in Germany or for your visa? How do you look for a job? What about health insurance? And what if you want to start your own company? 

During this session, we will be answering these and other related questions.

January / February 2021

22 January 2021, 1 pm - 6 pm (online): Career orientation – Reflecting on your competences

This is a one-day seminar in which you will reflect on your own competences, strengths and potential. You will also think about your own working methods and interests in order develop your own skills portfolio and to help you to identify professions that you might be interested in.

Facilitator: Angela Schütte (Career Vision Europe)

March 2021

Training session: Interculturalism and the world of work

During this interactive day-long workshop, you will learn about and how to deal with different cultures and cultural specificities – both in the application process and in the workplace – in a positive way.

April 2021

Applying for jobs – Training for international students

This two-day workshop focuses on the job application process in Germany. You will learn how to prepare application documents and receive job interview training.

May 2021

Career Day (International)

The next Career and Job Fair at the University of Oldenburg will be held in May 2021. We will be preparing for this event and will use it specifically to establish connections with companies that are potential employers for international students.

June 2021

Lecture on the (regional) labour market

This lecture will explain the basics of the German labour market and the regional and industry-specific factors involved in finding a job.

July 2021

Rights and anti-discrimination

This seminar focuses on employees’ rights, discrimination in the labour market and formal and informal ways of dealing with discrimination.

October 2021

Final session

In our final session, we will look back on everything we have covered throughout the course. The certificates will be presented and you will have an opportunity to give feedback on and evaluate the course.

Additional sessions (optional)

August / September 2021: A chance to visit and meet a company.

October / November 2021: From STEM studies to the world of work.

(Changed: 2021-01-11)